Pagan Ancestors and Elders: Victor and Cora Anderson

Victor and Cora Anderson were the founders of the Anderson Feri (or Faery) tradition, an American witchcraft tradition famous for its ecstatic practices and its queer-friendly theology. Despite its small size, Feri has had a tremendous impact on the Pagan movement through well-known figures such as Gwydion Pendderwen (a musician and teacher who helped develop the modern genre of Pagan music), Alison Harlow (co-founder of Covenant of the Goddess), theologian and activist Starhawk, teacher and writer T. Thorn Coyle, teacher and writer M. Macha NightMare, and others. In this course, we will read interviews, poetry, and memoir by the Andersons, as well as studying Etheric Anatomy, in which Victor lays out the influential model of the three souls. The contrasting voices of this fascinating couple will offer students insight into a uniquely American form of contemporary witchcraft.

Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D.,
Dept. of Theology & Religious History

Instructor: Christine H. Kraemer, Ph.D.
Class Meetings: None – week of Oct 16 to week of Nov 12
Required texts: Instructor will provide materials

Anderson, Cora. Kitchen Witch: A Memoir. Acorn Guild Press, 2010.

Benavidez, Cornelia. 2017. Victor Anderson: An American Shaman. Megalithica Books.

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